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Many of our travelers are
looking to reaffirm their faith
and discover the lands where
their religion was established.
-- Melissa da Silva,
President, Trafalgar

"We offer tours to Oberammergau
throughout the year, not just for the play
so we are an expert in this destination,"
adds Parrish. "For the 2020 event, we offer
first-class category seating for the Passion
Play, a centrally located hotel in the heart of
Oberammergau and an office within the town
for the duration of the play to help guests
make the most of their visit."
A sampling of the 14 itineraries available
through Globus family of brands include the
7-day Shrines of Alpine Europe with Cosmos
starting at $2,049; the 9-day Bavarian
Highlights with Oberammergau starting at
$3,249 with Globus; the 9-day Catholic
Central Europe starting at $3,799 with
Globus Faith; and the 12-day Danube Dreams
with Oberammergau starting at $5,365 with
Avalon Waterways.

Popular Destinations
According to Da Silva, one of the most
popular sites for faith-based travelers is the
parish of Fatima.
Trafalgar's 9-day Wonders of Portugal
itinerary visits the religious landmarks of
Fatima, Batalha, and the Hieronymite
Monastery, while also traveling through
the medieval cities of Obidos, Evora, and
Guimaraes. Rates start at $1,475.38 pp from
October 2018 to March 2019.
Israel also tops the list of faith-based
destinations, and Trafalgar's 9-day Best
of Israel itinerary visits Jerusalem and the
Wailing Wall, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, and
Tel Aviv. Guests will get to float in the Dead
Sea, pray at the Wailing Wall, and get to
explore the modern side of Israel in Tel Aviv.
Rates start at $2,350 pp.
Ryder, meanwhile, points to Italy and
Spain as the top booked destinations in
Europe for faith-based trips. He adds that,
"We are also seeing an increase in travel
to Asia amongst faith-based travelers

who would like to connect with Buddhism
and Hinduism."
And agents, if you're booking your clients
on these faith-based tours, Ryder suggests
"combining multiple destinations with
extensive religious history to ensure their
clients can get the best experience for great
value. For instance, travelers going to France
seeking faith-based tours will most likely
end up in Lourdes, which can be combined
with Fatima (Portugal) and Santiago de
Compostela (Spain). This is an example of a
common itinerary for faith-based travelers."
TravelBound suggests a City Wonders tour,
one of their suppliers, as a good option that

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can be booked on their site. For example,
the City Wonders: Crypts Catacombs, and
the Dark Heart of Rome takes guests into the
unusual history of Rome exploring some of
the most uncommon sites the city has to
offer, including the Capuchin Bone Chapel,
and the ancient tunnels of the Catacombs
of Rome. When booking with TravelBound,
your guests will get skip-the-line entrances
to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica,
and tours for a papal blessing on Sundays. n
Contact Information
Globus family of brands: globusandcosmos.com
Trafalgar: trafalgar.com
TravelBound: booktravelbound.com

Active Sightseeing
Susan Farewell

"For every day of cultural visits, we want a day of doing something active outdoors," said one of
my clients as we were planning her family's three-week trip around Europe. Our response? Why
not do both at the same time? Today, there are countless ways to tour destinations actively. Very
often, our clients come back saying these experiences were the highlight of their trips. Here's
just a sampling of what you can find.
n Urban bike tours: Whether it's Santiago, Chile or Tel Aviv, Israel, you can find bike tours
in many cities around the world today. Not only are they wonderful ways for your clients to get
some exercise and fresh air, but they are fun ways to learn about destinations and opportunities
to meet other travelers as well.
n E-bike Tours: Pedaling through the Swiss Alps might sound like too much work. But add
the letter "E," and we're talking all-out perfection. While they look and feel like regular bikes,
these marvels-with their electronically powered boosters-give you a little edge when it comes
to ascending the country's mountain slopes. It's a great way for your clients to experience the
pleasures of the Swiss countryside, stopping for cheese and local product tasting. Another hilly
place to explore by e-bikes is Slovenia's wine region-Goriska Brda (Slovenia's "Tuscany").
Nothing quite matches the feeling of whizzing up hills with the terraced vineyards all around,
stopping at historic villages along the way.
n Hiking: One does not need to be a serious hiker to get out and explore some of the world's
most scenic landscapes and learn more about the local culture in the process. Wherever your
clients are heading, look into the possibilities. In Sapa in northwestern Vietnam, they can trek
through beautiful green valleys and mountainsides, passing through villages which are home to
the Hmong, Red Dzao and other ethnic communities of Vietnam. In Costa Rica, they can hike
through a rainforest and visit a settlement of indigenous people living in thatched bungalows
surrounded by fruit trees and tropical gardens.
n Kayaking and other small boat tours: Many destinations have small boat tours offering
your clients an entirely different view of the place they are visiting. For example, in Dubrovnik,
Croatia, you can join a kayaking group out to Lokrum Island. Seeing the medieval city walls
from sea level, as they calmly paddle along, is something they'll be talking about for years to
come. And don't forget the other benefit of active travel: being able to enjoy all the chocolates,
cheeses, croissants and other local treats, without putting on the pounds. n
Susan Farewell is the owner of Farewell Travels LLC (FarewellTravels.com), a travel design firm
based in Westport, CT. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @FarewellTravels.
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